Congress President Rahul Gandhi while leading his party’s charge against the BJP-led Central government attacked PM Modi and said “he is not looking into my eyes”.
“I know, I can see him smiling, but there’s a touch of nervousness in the gentleman. He is looking away from me. I can understand that. And now, he can’t look into my eyes, I can see that. Because, the Prime Minister has not been truthful,” said Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress President’s retort came after PM Modi started to laugh at Rahul Gandhi when he attacked him on his foreign visits.
“PM Modi travels abroad, but does not talk to the small traders and shopkeepers. He only speaks to some 10-15 top businessmen,” said Congress President Rahul Gandhi amid slogans and PM Modi’s splitting laughter in the Lok Sabha.
Meanwhile, following the deadlock over Rahul Gandhi's speech, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned for 1.45 pm.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government is all set to face a no-confidence motion moved by former ally the Telugu Desam Party. Hours before the trust vote, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged fellow MPs to "rise to the occasion and ensure a constructive, comprehensive and disruption-free debate".
On the first day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepted the TDP's no-confidence motion against the Centre over the Andhra Pradesh special status row.
The Narendra Modi-led Government will be facing its first no-confidence motion, four years after winning the 2014 mandate as the first single-party majority in three decades.
The NDA last faced the no-confidence motion under the leadership of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2003. The Vajpayee-led Government had defeated the motion with an overwhelming majority.
To defeat the no-confidence motion, the BJP would require to gain a mark of 268 votes. The NDA at present counts 312 members in the 535-member Lok Sabha, including 274 of the BJP.